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Humanitarian Technical Officer, Unaids

Location : Kinshasa, CONGO, DEM. REPUBLIC
Application Deadline :21-Mar-11
Additional CategoryHIV/AIDS
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year


DRC has a large-scale growing HIV epidemic, with an estimated national average adult prevalence between 1.3% (HDS 2007) and 4.3% (sentinel surveillance) and 450,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV). The epidemic is strongest among young people between the ages of 15 and 24 and is on the rise.
The main driver of the epidemic is concurrent multiple sexual partners. The most severely affected age groups are 20–29 years among women and 30–39 years among men. The epidemic has severely affected children – an estimated 320,000 children younger than 17 years had lost one or both parents to AIDS at the end of 2003. Surveillance data indicates higher prevalence in the eastern part of the country than in the west. Women and girls are increasingly vulnerable, especially in rural areas and refugee camps, as a result of their poor economic status, high rates of illiteracy and the high prevalence of SGBV
Several factors fuel the spread of HIV in the DR Congo, including movement of large numbers of refugees, IDPs (2.1 million – HAP 2010) and soldiers, scarcity and high cost of safe blood transfusions in rural areas, a lack of counseling, few HIV testing sites, high levels of untreated sexually transmitted infections among sex workers and their clients, and low availability of condoms. With the relative peace and the imminent end of hostilities in the eastern part of the country, population movements associated with increased stability and economic revitalization will exacerbate the spread of HIV. Consecutive wars have made it nearly impossible to conduct effective and sustainable HIV prevention activities

Duties and Responsibilities

Based in Kinshasa and under the supervision of the UNAIDS Country Coordinator (UCC), the Humanitarian Technical Officer will work with the Joint UN Team on AIDS, the Humanitarian Aid Agencies and the UN Theme Group on HIV (UNTG) to strengthen HIV interventions in Humanitarian settings, primarily through:

a) Facilitating and supporting the mainstreaming of HIV in Humanitarian plans, programmes and projects

b) Mobilizing increased and sustainable involvement of Humanitarian Aid Agencies in the HIV response in DR Congo.

More specifically the incumbent will:
  • Ensure overall coordination between the Joint UN Team on AIDS, the clusters and other humanitarian aid agencies;
  • Facilitate communications and consultation on HIV interventions in humanitarian settings between the Joint UN Team on AIDS and other humanitarian aid agencies;
  • Ensure appropriate support from the Joint Team and prepare input for the terms of reference for requests for external support when necessary;
  • Coordinate, support and take part in rapid assessments, collect and manage HIV information to be used as basis in identifying concerns, threats and capacity gaps;
  • Develop response strategy in collaboration with the Joint Team and/or partners and identify resources needed;
    Lead on identifying opportunities for integrating HIV into 2 pilot clusters’ programmes;
  • Initiate and coordinate project proposals development to fund HIV response and participate in the preparation of Humanitarian Action Plan through the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA);
  • Liaise and collaborate with the Cluster leads, United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders in the organization of meetings, trainings, workshops, and activities such as joint assessments or evaluation missions;
  • Ensure HAP is in line with IASC regarding HIV interventions in humanitarian settings;
  • Ensure that HIV and other relevant standards are mainstreamed in humanitarian projects;
  • Provide technical support and guidance to ensure adherence to expected technical quality and reporting standards;
  • Guide assessment of technical support needs and capacity building needs of Humanitarian Aid Agencies and facilitate expertise technical support through the Joint Team and RST;
  • Ensure appropriate documentation and cross sharing of lessons learned to promote best practices and lessons learned from within and outside the Joint Team;
  • Serve as HIV focal point of regular inter-agency meetings involving all relevant humanitarian actors;
    Provide regular updates to the Joint UN Team on AIDS and the UCC;
  • Develop and update technical information on HIV situation for the information of the Theme Group and funding partners;
  • Foster the cooperation between the Joint UN Team on AIDS and the Humanitarian Clusters and coordinate the active participation of the Joint UN Team in the various Humanitarian Clusters
  • Support resource mobilization through all sources of funding (Pooled Fund, Stabilization Fund, Irish Fund, Global Fund, etc) and influence resource allocation to take into account HIV related needs in humanitarian settings
  • Support the roll out of IASC HIV guidelines both with the Joint UN Team on AIDS and HIV partners
  • Perform other related duties as may be required.


  • Ability to work strategically with the UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners
  • Ability to identify and solve problems in difficult circumstances, and leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with proven ability to elaborate and implement effective strategies
  • Strong planning and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills
  • Ability to facilitate and strengthen involvement of a range of external partners in HIV work.
  • Knowledge of UN system, humanitarian and HIV issues
  • Knowledge of DR Congo context is an asset
  • Computer skills, knowledge and experience in Microsoft Word/Excel, and Power Point Presentation.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences or health, or related field
  • At least 5 years of experience in the management and coordination of multi-stakeholders programs and projects
  • Sound knowledge and relevant experience in the development and management of HIV projects related to emergency management and humanitarian action, including training, networking and coordination
  • Experience of working with UN is strongly preferred
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in French is required. 
  • Good understanding of written and spoken English essential. 
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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